Order of Battle

This category pertains to the Italian Order of Battle (OOB) for the various theaters in which Italian forces operated. These Order of Battle reports attempt to capture the command hierarchy, military units, and equipment of the Italian forces in World War Two. Here you will find Italian Order of Battles ranging from Libya in 1941, the Battle of Britain and the Russian front. As you may know, an OOB is dynamic and changes over time. The Italian OOB’s listed in this category will be constantly updated as new information surfaces. You can help by sending us any corrections or new OOBs via email. Please ensure you provide us the name of the reference material used for the correction or addition you wish to make.

Brigata Corazzata Speciale Organizational History

The evolution of the Brigata Corazzata Speciale demonstrated that some in the Italian army understood the requirements of modern armored warfare.

Divisional Organizations: tipo Africa Settentrionale

Because of its limited means, Italian divisional organizations were modified for use in the desert. This organization was called tipo Africa Settentrionale.

Corpo Aero Italiano (CAI) in Battle of Britain

The Italian participation in the Battle of Britain lasted from 25 October 1940 to 03 January 1941. The Corpo Aero Italiano (CAI) was based in Belgium.

Italian Paratroopers in Operation Herring

Operation Herring occurred in April 1945 in which Italian Nembo and F Recce paratroopers caused havoc in the German rearguard and disrupted their retreat.

Regia Marina OOB on 10 June 1940

A detailed Regia Marina OOB as of 10 June 1940. This order of battle only pertains to the start of Italy's entry in World War Two.

Regia Aeronautica OOB on 10 June 1940

A detailed Regia Aeronautica OOB as of 10 June 1940. This order of battle only pertains to the start of Italy's entry in World War Two.

Camicie Nere: Blackshirts MVSN & CCNN

The Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale, or MVSN, was a Fascist party organization also known as Blackshirts. The military units were called CCNN.

Giovani Fascisti (GGFF) – 136th Armored Division

Giovani Fascisti, or GGFF, were not part of the MVSN but a Regular Army unit whose members were recruited from the Gioventu’ Universitaria Fascista.

Italian Invasion of Greece on 28 October 1940

The Italian Army invasion of Greece occurred on 28 October 1940. The Italian Regio Esercito Order of Battle for the Greek invasion is identified below.

National and Libyan Paratrooper Units 1940-41

A component listing of the National and Libyan paratrooper units in Libya between 1940-1941. Inclluded as statistics on Castel Benito jumps.

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